February is American Heart Month
American Heart Month is a good time to check on your health. The first step is to know your numbers, from cholesterol and triglycerides, to your blood pressure, waist size and body mass index. Make a daily commitment to a heart-healthy lifestyle. This means not smoking, exercising regularly, making healthy food choices and managing stress.
Announcing the Dr. Dean Ornish Program at Beebe Healthcare
Beebe Healthcare is proud to announce that the Dr. Dean Ornish Program For Reversing Heart Disease™ will soon open at Beebe Health Campus on Route 24 in Rehoboth Beach.
This program is nationally recognized—through the results of more than 35 years of peer-reviewed, published research—for reversing the progression of heart disease.
Over the years, participants have reported that they no longer have chest pain, they have more energy, their cholesterol levels and blood pressure have lowered, and they have kept off weight lost while taking part in the program. They also have reported that they have been able to reduce the amount of medication they took for years.
“We are extremely pleased to bring the Dr. Dean Ornish Program to Sussex County,” says Jeffrey M. Fried, FACHE, President and CEO of Beebe Healthcare. “Although Beebe and our doctors provide care for patients with cardiovascular disease through such advanced medical programs as Interventional Cardiology and Cardiac Surgery, the Dr. Dean Ornish Program will allow Beebe to help patients learn how they, themselves, can actively participate in reversing their heart disease.”
Cardiovascular disease is the number-one killer in the United States. Heart and vascular disease are all too common in Delaware. More than 12 percent of people in Sussex County have diabetes, which is a risk factor for cardiovascular disease. Nearly two-thirds of the population in Sussex County are overweight or obese, which also is a risk factor for cardiovascular disease.
To talk to a Ornish Program Specialist, call 1 (877) 999-3091 and press option 1 or call Shelley Tyrrell, RN, BSN, Beebe Healthcare Non-invasive Cardiology and Vascular Services Nurse Manager at (302) 645-3295.
WHAT IS THE PROGRAM?
The premise of the Dr. Dean Ornish Program is simple yet requires personal commitment and action: Adopt a healthy lifestyle based on the four key elements—a low-fat, whole foods, plant-based diet; at least 30 minutes of exercise each day; a practice of stress management techniques; and active engagement in supportive relationships.
Documented and published results for thousands of participants across the nation have overwhelmingly shown that the program works, so much so that Medicare and several private insurance plans pay for patients to attend. All that is required is a referral from a physician and the patient’s commitment to adhere to program guidelines. Adherence includes, first and foremost, the giving up of smoking, which research links to many diseases, including heart disease. Participants are not left alone to figure out how they are going to change their lives. Instead, they attend a comprehensive program consisting of 18 four-hour sessions in which an experienced staff teaches them how to prepare a whole-food, plant-based diet; how to exercise; techniques such as yoga and meditation to help them manage their stress; and even methods of communication through group discussions.
“People adopt this new lifestyle because they feel so much better so quickly,” says Dean Ornish, MD, Clinical Professor of Medicine at the University of San Francisco, and President and Founder of the Preventive Medicine Research Institute. “They have found the inner sources of health, joy, and well-being.” For more information, please visit www.beebehealthcare.org/ornish.
Participants experience the program within a small consistent group, who all have the common goal of reversing their heart disease and improving their well-being.
Each session lasts 4 hours, for a total of 72 hours.
This program has been proven to undo heart disease by dealing with the root causes and not just its effects. The combined effect of all four lifestyle elements makes the transformative difference: nutrition, fitness, stress management, and love and support. For more information, visit the Dr. Dean Ornish Program website here.
The 37 years of scientific evidence conducted by Dean Ornish, M.D. and his colleagues in collaboration with the UC San Francisco and other leading academic institutions shows that changes in diet and lifestyle can make a powerful difference in your heart function and overall well-being.
- Feel more energy.
- Improve your quality of life.
- Lower your chances of needing surgery.
- Reduce your risk of a heart-related event.
- Learn to anticipate and manage stress more effectively.
- Decrease your chest pain (angina). You may even become pain free.
- Become a part of an emotionally supportive and encouraging community.
- Increase the amount of exercise you can do and make it more and more enjoyable.
- Lower your cholesterol, improve your blood pressure and blood sugar, and lose weight.
- With your doctor’s guidance, reduce or discontinue many and sometimes all medications.